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Alan Convery

Alan Convery
Dr Alan Convery
Lecturer in Politics
2.14 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 8255
Research Interests
Britain, Multi-level party politics, British Politics, Conservative Party, Conservative politics, Scottish Politics, Welsh politics

Guidance and feedback hours

I am on sabbatical in semester one, 2016/17. I return in January 2017.


PhD Politics (University of Strathclyde)

MSc Public Policy (University of Strathclyde)

MA Politics and French (University of Glasgow)

Biographical statement

I completed my PhD at Strathclyde University in 2013. My thesis examined the impact of devolution on the Welsh and Scottish Conservative parties. I joined the School of Social and Political Science as a lecturer in September 2013. I previously taught at the universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow. You can follow me @AlanConvery.

I am the Deputy Editor of the British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

Research interests

My research interests are in broadly three areas: conservatism and the UK Conservative Party (especially in Scotland and Wales); territorial politics and public policy; and British, Scottish and Welsh politics.


Convery, A. (2016) The Territorial Conservative Party: Devolution and Party Change in Scotland and Wales. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Convery, A. (2014) 'Welsh Conservatism: The Unexpected Evolution', British Politics Review 9(4): 10-11.

Convery, A. (2014) 'The 2011 Scottish Conservative Party Leadership Election: Dilemmas for Statewide Parties in Regional Contexts', Parliamentary Affairs 67(2): 306-327

Convery, A. (2014) 'Devolution and the Limits of Tory Statecraft: The Conservatives in Coalition and Scotland and Wales', Parliamentary Affairs 67(1): 25-44.

Mitchell, J. and Convery, A. (2012) 'Conservative Unionism: Prisoned in Marble' in Torrance, D. (ed.) Whatever Happened to Tory Scotland? Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.


I convene two honours courses: 'Parliamentary Studies' (a unique course taught in assocation with the Houses of Parliament) and a new course called 'British Government'. I also contribute to other pre-honours courses in the School. In session 2013-14, 'Parliamentary Studies' was the runner-up for the 'Best Course' prize at the USSA Teaching Awards.

I have also convened two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): 'Towards Independence? Understanding Scotland's Referendum' (September 2014) and 'Understanding the UK's 2015 General Election' (May 2015). I am currently preparing a course on Scotland's 2016 elections.

Public engagement

I am always happy to present my research to wider audiences. I have given talks to parliamentary staff, government officials and school groups. In addition, I have been interviewed in the UK by the BBC (NewsnightScotland 2014) and STV (Representing Border), and from the US by CNN during their coverage of the Scottish independence referendum.

Recent blog posts

Future of the UK and Scotland Blog Post 'A New Direction for the Scottish Conservatives on Devolution? July 2014 (

LSE British Politics and Policy Blog Post 'Four Reasons a Scottsh Conservative Might Vote 'Yes'' February 2014 (

YouTube Interview about the future of the Scottish Conservative Party with Dr Richard Hayton at PSA Conservatives and Conservatism Specialist Group Conference, June 2012 (

LSE British Politics and Policy Blog Post, 'The Prime Minister has no Scottish strategy and is at the mercy of events', July 2012 (

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PhD in Politics; MSc (R) Politics